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1. Extremely light or delicate: "An ant lion ... is lovely, long-bodied like a damselfly, with a pair of ethereal wings" (Jennifer Ackerman).
a. Of the celestial spheres; heavenly.
b. Spiritual or otherworldly.
3. Chemistry Of or relating to ether.

[From Latin aetherius, from Greek aitherios, from aithēr, upper air.]

e·the′re·al′i·ty (-ăl′ĭ-tē), e·the′re·al·ness n.
e·the′re·al·ly adv.
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Indeed, she was a slender, delicate woman as women go, but to me she was so ethereally slender and delicate that I was quite prepared for her arm to crumble in my grasp.
Augustine, with his blue eyes and golden hair, his ethereally flexible form and vivacious features; and Alfred, dark-eyed, with haughty Roman profile, firmly-knit limbs, and decided bearing.
The dome of Mansart floated ethereally above the budding trees and the long grey front of the building: drawing up into itself all the rays of afternoon light, it hung there like the visible symbol of the race's glory.
There were hundreds of these blossoms, all from the one stem, delicately poised and ethereally frail.
It was not summer yet, but spring; and it was not gentle spring ethereally mild, as in Thomson's Seasons, but nipping spring with an easterly wind, as in Johnson's, Jackson's, Dickson's, Smith's, and Jones's Seasons.
Ethereally these are disorders with emotional and behavioural symptoms which are the causes to a recognisable stressor.
Dubai: Are you prepared to live in a world where your knowledge and beliefs will ethereally be taken out by the gaze of human-like synthetic beings and stored alongside billions of other people's consciousness?
The highlight of the evening was ethereally melodious carols and anthems presented by the acclaimed St.
A simply sublime Frozen Butterflies shimmered in its beauty and guitarist Kie weaved his magic to create dynamic ebbs and flows while the glorious trademark harmonies drifted ethereally over the top.
The evening before the first day of the burn, glimpses of warm, welcoming LED lights and "EL wire" looped around bikes passing ethereally across the deep playa began to appear in the distance, and we ventured out to enjoy some of the newly installed art exhibits.
Johannes is often confined to the shadows, while other characters' faces are fully, even ethereally lit (Fig.
It gradually builds, revealing hints of the imposing red brick arches as the raindrops give way to a soundtrack of choirs, chimes and string chords - and an iceberg-like sculpture glows ethereally from the centre of a vault criss-crossed by lasers.